mulberry bag usa capturing Scotties women’s curling championship
Jennifer Jones is back on top.
The Manitoba skip won her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women curling championship since 2015 with an 8 6 over Team Wild Card Kerri Einarson in Sunday final without having to play her final rock.
been pretty privileged with how many time that we been able to wear the Maple Leaf, Jones said. never know when you get back there so it feels pretty great to back there. captured the 2018 title with her Winnipeg based team of third Shannon Birchard, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwan. Jones and Officer have both tied Colleen Jones with a Scotties record six titles each.
are things that you reflect on later, Jones said. Jones is one of the legends and we right up there with her. It so humbling and mind blogging. was a difference to the sixth national title for Jones because she accomplished it without her regular third Kaitlyn Lawes, who is curling in mixed doubles with John Morris in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Birchard was added after Jones won her eighth Manitoba championship. Lawes is expected to return to her regular role when Jones heads to the Ford women world championship, March 17 25 in North Bay, Ont. Birchard is expected to accompany Jones as the alternate.
Birchard struggled early Sunday, but bounced back later in the game. 3, 2018.
all struggled a little bit early, said Jones, who was named the most valuable player. said had to believe the ice and throw to make the shots. We had to hang in there and I so proud of her. She made some huge shots late. She has been a real treat to play with and I have nothing but respect for her. was curling with third Selena Kaatz, second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish. She reached the final in her second appearance at the Scotties and in the Wild Card debut.
There was a lot of time remaining, but Einarson singled out the second end as one of the turning points.
knew that the draw I missed for three was going to bite me in the butt, Einarson said. did and it was unfortunate, but it happens. settled for two after being heavy on the draw and a 2 1 advantage.
Sunday final started with Einarson forcing Jones into hitting for one and a 1 0 lead after the opening end.
Einarson rebounded in the third end with a double takeout to lay two in the four foot. Jones punched out one of the stones to score one and tie the game 2 2.
In the fourth end, Einarson drew to the four foot for a 3 2 lead.
Einarson went into the fifth end leading 4 2 after stealing one.
Jones then hit for two in the sixth end to create a 4 4 tie after Einarson wasn able to execute a second consecutive runback. Einarson drew for one in the seventh end to lead 5 4.
Jones jumped into a 6 5 lead with a hit for two in the eighth end. 4, 2018.
In the ninth end, Einarson drew the button to create 6 6 deadlock coming home.
Jones then executed a near perfect draw to lay two. 4, 2018.
PEBBLES: Jones (skip), Alberta Cary Anne McTaggart (third), Officer (second) and McEwen (lead) were named first team all stars. The second team all stars were Northern Ontario Tracy Fleury (skip), Birchard (third), Alberta Jesse Scheidegger (second) and Team Canada Ranoura Westcott (lead). The all stars are based on shooting percentages Saskatchewan skip Sherry Anderson was the recipient of Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship award as voted on by the players. Anderson also won the award in 2004, 2014 and 2015 The Scotties winner receives $29,000, in prize money including athlete assistance and cresting funding. The rest of the prize money is $24,000 (second place), $19,000 (third) and $15,000 (fourth) There isn any Sport Canada funding for the Canadian champions this because it an Olympic year The Canadian champion needs to win a medal at the world championship and retain three of four players to qualify for the Continental Cup. Each team also picks up Canadian Team Ranking System points and returns as Team Canada for the 2019 Scotties Sunday final draw attracted 3,840 spectators for a total attendance of 55,138 and an average of 2,205 through 25 draws.
TOUGH TO FACE NEICE
Tears were flowing after Jill Officer won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday.
The Manitoba second was thrilled to win the Canadian women curling championship after an 8 6 victory over Team Wild Card Kerri Einarson in Sunday final.
Officer was also heartbroken because Sunday win came at the expense of her niece, Kristin MacCuish, who is Einarson lead.
had a lot of extra emotion because I was playing against my niece and it doesn get any easier, Officer said. just so hard. I so proud of her and her team because they did so well. I also proud of us for battling. In 2015, Jones defeated Einarson in the Manitoba women final and it was just as an emotional outcome for Officer.
has a bright future, Officer said. love her to death and she such a good kid. I so proud of her that I have mixed feelings.